I have a short question: is anyone privy to information or understanding what is the difference between Explore Scientific PN208 vs N208 (both carbon fiber versions)?
On March 15 this year, I have placed an order through Amazon for N208CF at $599 price tag. Seller was OpticsPlanet and after a week of waiting for order confirmation - I've called them and learned the product is back-ordered and will be in their hands on April 22nd. They promised they'll honor the price etc. After the Amazon's 30 day waiting period and cancellation - Optics Planet has said I can chose if I want to hold on to the order with them - which I did. I wanted the telescope and I was willing to wait, seeing that Explore Scientific raised the price to 1,000 USD (and added some -01 to the model designation).
Today I have received the information from the seller "We apologize blah blah - the product has been discontinued by the manufacturer - we're cancelling the order and giving you 5% of your next purchase etc etc".
At the same time - there is some old stock of Explore Scientific PN208CF for 599 USD - same price as now "old" N208CF. However, it seems it's also an older model, and I cannot find any specific details so I can compare these two telescopes.
I would prefer NOT to spend 1,000 USD on 8" newtonian (now I'm not in the emotional state to allow myself that, since my 42 day wait was in vain), and if I get to that point - I'd rather look at some other options, if there are any. There is Bresser version with metal tube for 499 USD, and roughly the same specs as N208CF.
So - does anyone knows what is the difference between PN208CF and N208CF (i.e. N208CF-01 now) ?
I highly appreciate any comments which would help me make a decision, because now I'm itching to get a new scope.
Btw - my mount is still AVX - Bresser scope is 22 lbs, Explore Scientific carbon fiber is 19.1 lbs, so 3 pounds for me make a difference.
Thank you !!!